Celebrities such as Hema Malini, Sunny Deol, Nusrat Jahan, Ravi Kishan Shukla, Babul Supriyo, Manoj Tiwari, Hans Raj Hans, among others, are leading in their respective constituencies
The Narendra Modi-led BJP is set to return to power at the Centre
New Delhi: Nothing in India is far from the shadow of the domestic film fraternity, and elections are no exception.
Celebrities including top actors and singers, Hema Malini, Sunny Deol, Nusrat Jahan, Ravi Kishan Shukla, Babul Supriyo, Manoj Tiwari, Hans Raj Hans, among others were leading in their respective constituencies.
All these celebrities leading in their respective constituencies belonged to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), barring Nusrat Jahan, an MP under Trinamool Congress (TMC), Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP’s) Bhagwant Mann, and Lok Janshakti Party’s Chirag Paswan, according to data available on the election commission website. Bhojpuri singer and actor BJP’S Manoj Tiwari, pitted against Congress veteran and former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dixit, was leading by a huge margin in the North East Delhi constituency.
The Narendra Modi-led BJP is set to return to power at the Centre. The BJP was leading in as many as 291 of the 542 seats for which the trends were available, well past the half-way mark in the 543-member Lok Sabha, according to the Election Commission. Rival Congress was ahead in 50 seats.
BJP seemed to be holding off the much-feared Mahagathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh while making huge inroads in West Bengal. The party has retained its dominance in the Hindi heartland, while notching gains Odisha and the northeast.
Actor turned politician Shatrughan Sinha, who moved from BJP to join Congress last month, was trailing rival BJP’s Ravi Shankar Prasad in the Patna Sahib constituency in Bihar. Prasad has secured 1.37 lakh votes, leaving Sinha far behind with 63,643 votes.
Leading Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar, who joined Congress in March, was trailing BJP’s Gopal Shetty by a huge margin of 1.32 lakh votes in Mumbai North. Similarly, Congress’ Raj Babbar was behind BJP’s Raj Kumar Chahar in Uttar Pradesh’s Fatehpur Sikri.
BJP’s Kirron Kher trailing Pawan Kumar Bansal of Congress in Chandigarh, while the ruling party’s candidate Jayaprada was behind Samajwadi party’s Azam Khan in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh.